The Reviews are in and Louisville LOVED Roméo et Juliette:
Selena Frey said on Louisville.com:
While there aren’t any big, famous arias in Gounod’s opera, the music is consistently romantic and atmospheric, showcased beautifully here by the Louisville Orchestra as conducted by Emmanuel Plasson. I particularly liked how the movements on stage were so well-choreographed to the rhythms of the music, the drop of a hand syncing perfectly with a violin’s plucked string. It is just one example of the small details that make up Daniel Pelzig’s well-directed production. Also, I don’t often call out the Chorus for special praise, but each time they were on stage I enjoyed the strength and beauty of those voices in unison. Perhaps it is the very absence of any show-stopping arias that leaves room to appreciate some of the finer points of the overall performance.
Read her full review here: http://www.louisville.com/content/review-kentucky-operas-polished-and-romantic-romeo-et-juliette
Annette Skaggs reviewed for Arts-Louisville.com. She said:
Mercutio (Jesse Blumberg) sings of Queen Mab, a spirit that takes over in ones dreams in the lovely “Mab, la reine des mensonges” Mr. Blumberg absolutely nailed this aria and made it his own and judging from the cackles and sighs from the ladies that were sitting behind me he has more members to add to his fan-club.
As the curtain rises for Act II we see the courtyard of House Capulet and the famous balcony. Stealthily Roméo enters and begins his lovely aria “Ah! Lève-toi soleil” (Ah! Fairest Dawn Arise). Considered a showstopper of the opera Mr. Rideout certainly shared his love of his craft in this piece. Soft alluring vocal lines that called out to the one that has given his dark life light.
From the gorgeous costumes to the rich lighting (especially the balcony scene) this opera is top drawer. With director Danny Pelzig’s background in ballet, I loved the dancing that was elegant and appropriate for all involved and J. Barrett Cooper’s masterful sword fighting techniques always thrill me. All the elements are there for a great night (or afternoon) of Kentucky Opera. Bravo Tutti!
Read her full review here: http://arts-louisville.com/2014/02/14/romeo-et-juliette/